Special Topics

The following special topics may apply to your activities. You should consult with OEC regarding these:

Foreign Influence in University Research

US Government agencies have shared their growing concerns with respect to inappropriate actions by foreign adversaries at the university level, and have expressed their dedication to protect US research and innovation. Thus, academic institutions have an increasing responsibility for faculty members to disclose their connections with foreign governments and entities. The University of Hawaiʻi promotes and encourages international collaboration, while emphasizing the importance for investigators to be open and transparent in regards to their foreign relationships and activities.

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Encryption technology, particularly strong encryption, is highly regulated for export purposes and the source code and object code of such encryption may not be shared with Foreign Nationals without getting specific export licenses. Many of the exemptions from export controls that are afforded to university research are not applicable to sharing encryption technology.

Select Agents and Toxins

Physical exports as well as deemed exports pertaining to biological materials, chemicals, microorganisms and toxins can be export-controlled.

Department of Defense Development Funding

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) covers certain development activities undertaken as a result of Department of Defense funding. Read the Memo Regarding Department of Defense Awards (May 26, 2015) for additional information.